A New Way for You to Cut Down on Robocalls

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a new law that allows citizens to permanently prevent unsolicited phone calls.

If your phone has been ringing off the hook with robocalls lately — there’s hope. 

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a “Do Not Call” law this week, allowing state residents to cut down on the number of unsolicited phone calls they receive. The law, officially known as the Pennsylvania Telemarketer Registration Act, will take effect in 60 days.

Pennsylvania residents who want to add their name and number to the Do Not Call list can either complete the online registration form, call the toll-free hotline at 888/777-3406 or mail their name, mailing address, phone number and signature to the Office of the Attorney General in Harrisburg.

Registration is free, and your number will remain on the list permanently. Pennsylvania’s Do Not Call list is updated four times a year, so if you register before the next quarterly deadline on Dec. 15, telemarketers will be prohibited from calling you after Feb. 1, 2020. 

The Do Not Call list should prevent most telemarketing calls, but there are a few exceptions. These include calls that you request, debt collection calls, and calls made on behalf of political groups or candidates, among others

If you receive an unwanted telemarketing call after registering on the Do Not Call list, file a complaint with the Bureau of Consumer Protection — either online or by calling800/441-2555.

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